It’s the final day of the year and the final walk through practice for the 2016 Buffalo Bills. They leave later today for the Meadowlands and the regular season finale against the Jets.
Here’s the Bills news of note for Saturday, December 31:
1. LYNN IS THE NEW SHERIFF
It’s a new role for Anthony Lynn in his 17th season as a coach if the NFL. The Bills interim head coach will run the show tomorrow—the whole show. And some Bills players say they’ve already seen evidence of Lynn’s focus on discipline and details.
“He’s done a great job of asserting himself and imprinting who he is,” veteran linebacker
The Pro Bowl OLB acknowledges that an increased focus on discipline is unlikely to take hold after just five days on the job.
“No, you can’t fix it in one week,” Alexander says. “That’s something that has to become habit. Obviously we have created some bad habits around here. You can start addressing it and changing it and making sure we’re focused on it and see some change. “
Alexander also thinks with Dennis Thurman in place as the lone signal caller on defense, Buffalo’s defense has a better chance of success.
“On the headsets, you can start having one guy do it versus three or four guys on the sidelines. There are things you can start changing but I don’t know if it’s going to happen across the board all at once.”
2. BEST CASE SCENARIO TOMORROW – EJ STARTS AND FINISHES
“It’s really hard to get a good look at two quarterbacks in one game,” Lynn said this week. “I want to get a really good look at EJ. So, if it’s a good game I’m going to leave EJ in and let him roll.”
Everyone knows the Bills formula for moving the football this season—the run game. The NFL’s top rushing attack in 2015 is poised to repeat as rushing champions.
But it may not be so easy tomorrow. The Jets are the league’s 14th best rushing defense overall. And they only give up 3.8 yards per carry, fifth best in the NFL.
With Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Sheldon Richardson up front (all 1st round draft picks) the Bills offensive line will have its’ hands full. The failure of the run game back in week 2 was a big factor in Buffalo’s blowout loss to New York. The Bills only ran for 86 yards in that game;
The Bills are 5-2 this year when Shady runs for 100-or-more yards; 2-5 when he runs for less than 100.